2013 New Hampshire House Bill 480.
Five representatives – Republicans and Democrats – introduced a bill to the New Hampshire House in 2013, which delineated the acceptable uses of solitary confinement, specifically capping the length of stay in solitary confinement as a disciplinary sanction at six weeks and only allowing solitary confinement to be used as a sanction for offenses involving violent behavior. Additionally, the bill would have banned the use of solitary confinement for incarcerated individuals under the age of 18 and for inmates with “serious mental illness or other significant mental impairment.” House Bill 480 did not make it out of committee.
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